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Two decades since Tiananmen 六四事件

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Published on May 26, 2009

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It has been 20 years since tanks rumbled into Tiananmen Square to end a student-led pro-democracy movement that had begun in the middle of April, 1989. The violent crackdown was covered by the western media and shocked the world.

Hundreds of thousands of Beijingers participated in the protests, and unconfirmed reports said that about 3,000 people, most civilians, were killed as PLA troops received orders to clear protestors from the square. Authorities insisted that only about 300 people died, 23 of them students, and ignored calls to publish a list of victims.

In this slideshow, hear an eyewitness account about the days leading up to June 4 and the immediate aftermath from a tourist who was visiting Beijing at the time.

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